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Kidney transplant alternates i.E. Is this possible to make artificial kidney?

Kidney transplant alternates i.E. Is this possible to make artificial kidney?

Not yet.: Unfortunately, it's not possible right now. Although tissue engineering techniques have advanced significantly in the past few years, a non-immunogenic, tissue-engineered kidney is still a long ways off. A dialysis machine can be thought of as a type of artificial kidney, and we know that it functions inadequately when compared to the real organ: either the native organ or a transplanted one. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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What is involved in a kidney transplant?

What is involved in a kidney transplant?

Major Commitment: A kidney transplant is a major surgical procedure which is followed by close attention from your doctors, nurses, and of course yourself. For those with renal failure it is the best way to approach pre-illness levels of activity and well being. It requires daily medications and close clinical monitoring. ...Read more

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What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

Go get evaluated: Assuming you have advance chronic kidney disease, you should ask your physician to refer you to a nearby transplant center where you can be begin your evaulation for a kidney transplant. You will be provided with your treatments options, including obtaining a living vs. Deceased donor kidney. Deceased donor kidneys generally require placement on a list for a minimum of 3-4 years so it would be e. ...Read more

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What are the chances a kidney transplant goes wrong?

What are the chances a kidney transplant goes wrong?

Low: The chances are low but it can happen. The most common cause of death after kidney transplant is heart attack. Other things that could go wrong are bleeding, blood clots, wound problems, circulation problems and sometimes the kidney just doesn't work. These things, while rare, can happen and you should have. Serious discussion with your surgeon before any operation. ...Read more

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What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

For kidney failure: A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products. There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored. ...Read more

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How long is a kidney transplant operation?

How long is a kidney transplant operation?

Usually 3-6 hrs: Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!). A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer. ...Read more

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How can a kidney transplant effect the donor?

How can  a kidney transplant effect the donor?

Unos.org: Please see this link for more detailed information. http://www.unos.org/docs/living_donation.pdf. ...Read more

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What are the after effects of a kidney transplant?

What are the after effects of a kidney transplant?

No more dialysis: This is a very general question. If the new kidney is functioning well most recipients are able to return to pre-illness levels of activity. Many adults return to full time work and school. They no longer do dialysis, but must take a number of new drugs that prevent rejection. They need to continue lifelong follow-uup by their transplant team. ...Read more

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After a kidney transplant i can't get an erection?

After a kidney transplant   i can't get an erection?

IMPOTENCY: Often timed the disease that caused end stage renal state effects the flow and erectile function. There are many viable options for treatment ...Read more

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Kidney transplant patients have develop proteurinata?

No, investigation: Patients with normal functioning transplant should not have proteinuria( protein in urine). Any proteinuria should be confirmed, quantified and investigated thoroughly. Please consult transplant nephrologist. ...Read more

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Is it ok to do martial arts after a kidney transplant?

Depends: Given the new kidney is placed superficially, we recommend against contact sports. If you do martial arts for fitness without contact, it will be ok. ...Read more

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Can an elderly person live through a kidney transplant?

Senior transplant: Depends not so much on chronologic age, but rather physiologic age and overall performance status/co-morbidities. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients keep cats in their homes?

Can kidney transplant patients keep cats in their homes?

Yes: Although your body is immunocompromised due to the anti-rejection medications, it is still safe to keep cats in the home. I would suggest keeping the cats away the first 3 months after transplant as that is when you are must at risk for an infection. ...Read more

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Does asbestos danger increase after a kidney transplant?

Does asbestos danger increase after a kidney transplant?

Unclear: Kidney transplant recipients are maintained on immunosuppressive therapy and are increased risk of infections and malignancies. Previous asbestos exposure increases the risk of lung cancer, specifically mesothelioma. It is unclear whether chronic immunosuppressive therapy increases this risk even more but does warrant close followup. ...Read more

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What is high creatinine level after a kidney transplant?

What is high creatinine level after a kidney transplant?

No precise answer: The creatinine test is a surrogate for the more precise measurement of kidney function called gfr--glomerular filtration rate. The creatinine can vary based on donor and recipient gender, age and size, as well as some medical conditions most recipients with very good kidney function have a GFR between 40-70 cc/min and a serum creatinine between 1-2 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients have cats in their homes?

Yes they can: No reason not to have cats unless subject or family is allergic to them. ...Read more

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Is it suggested I get ABO incompatible kidney transplant?

Breaking Rules OK: In some instances, it is permissible to break the ABO rules. A2 blood group donors, express less group a antigens, and may be considered as possible donors to otherwise ABO non-compatible recipients. The experience of your transplant center with this modality is key. Please discuss further with them. ...Read more

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Can a kidney transplant stop working in a month? If so, why?

Can a kidney transplant stop working in a month? If so, why?

Rare but possible: First of all, do you mean the transplanted kidney totally failed and makes no urine? If so, that would be a rare event (but not impossible). Possible causes include severe acute rejection, severe toxicity of anti-rejection meds (e.g.cyclosporine, tacrolimus), post-surgical complications including thrombosis of the blood vessels supplying the kidney or fluid collections causing blocked urine flow ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more